MCP’s Jumbe says budget not helping Malawi agriculture

Member of Parliament (MP) for Salima Central Felix Jumbe on Tuesday turned fellow Parliamentarians to laughter when he titled the 2015-2016 Budget which was presented in the House by the Minister of Finance Dr. Goodall Gondwe as ‘a thorn in the fresh of Malawians.’

Felix Jumbe:  Reverse gear on agriculture

Felix Jumbe: Reverse gear on agriculture

Jumbe said this in Lilongwe when he was contributing to the budget and said since the Finance Minister presented the budget without a title, he thought of giving a befitting title.

According to Jumbe since the day that the Finance Minister presented the budget to the House there have been mixed reactions from people which are positive and negative as well.

He noted with concern that Government has not considered uplifting the poor but rather widen the gap that exist between the rich and the poor.

Said Jumbe; “Let me first of all thank the Minister of Finance for ably presenting the 2015-2016 budget which is pegged at K902 billion.

“After critically analysing this year’s budget, I have noted that the budget severely put down and put in a reverse gear the agriculture sector of Malawi.”

According to Jumbe, this year’s budget is not investing enough into the future for it has no muscle to invest in the future.

“It is clear that it was not built to cater for the young population, such that the resource envelope is diminished. Total Revenue is expected to be at 22.2 per cent this year from 24.2 percent in the last year’s budget,” Jumbe said.

Commenting on crop estimates, he said crop estimates have also gone down from the previous years.

“Key cash crops will see its production lower than the last years, for example maize has decreased with 28 per cent, in the same way, tobacco has also decreased from 181 metric tons of last year to 150 metric tons this year which represents a five per cent decrease of total foreign exchange earnings,” he said.

On his part Divelias Zaipa MP for Mchinji South Constituency concurred with Jumbe saying the budget has nothing to offer for the poor Malawians.

“It is pathetic to see government reducing money on subsidy which is increasing the gap between the rich and the poor. It will be just if the Minister of Finance reduce the amount of money which has been put for the President so that the money is put to benefit the poor,” said Zaipa.

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Zebede
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Without serious recognition by govt. that agric shall remain the backbone of our economy, this country will never produce a balanced national budget. Remember Dr Kamuzu Banda used to call crop inspection tours as budget number one, meaning that what finance minister formulates is a budget that derives its main figures from agric production figures. If we deliberately ignore agric we are just killing the people

Mweneku Muzi
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These MCP MP Gurus are power Hungry….Fullstop.

disgruntled voter
Guest

Instead they are funding Spy Dausi to buy matches to burn boxes for the 2019 electoral votes.Pali nzeru apa?Priority set upside down.

Romeo Hastings Bandawe
Guest

Jumbe says the truth here.

kunta
Guest

Iwe ‘ujeni’ fleash ndiye kuti chani? Ukufuna kuoneka wa nzeru koma ndiwenso mbuzi!

Tiko
Guest

I cry for people in Mangochi, Machinga, Balak, Zomba. What is UDF saying about the budget. Swallowed up.

ujeni
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Was the laughter because he said “Fresh” instead of Fleash or it was the who title they were laughing at.

Mr Dambwe
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Another Song From Nyau Party.

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